The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER) is scheduled to meet on May 8 in Brussels to discuss the implementation of new sanctions against Russia as part of Europe’s coordinated response to Moscow’s aggressive policy in Ukraine.
“Restrictive measures in respect to actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine – new listings – decision and implementing Regulation,” says the document published by the Consilium.
The war in Ukraine broke out in the spring of 2014 following the ouster of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during the Euromaidan Revolution in Kyiv. His overthrow triggered the annexation of the Crimea Peninsula by Moscow and the outbreak of an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has thus far claimed the lives of at least 10, 300 people.
In 2014, the US and European Union imposed stiff economic sanctions against Russia, which include travel restrictions and asset freezes against 150 people and 38 companies.